I love comparing this run to Simonson's, because at the end of the day, Thor is such an interesting character to me. I know the man himself is polarizing, but I've said this before, as well: JMS did an AMAZING job on Thor during his run, during a period of time where the character had the term "toxic" pretty much created for him. I view those three runs with equally high regard.
The thing about this story is that Aaron has done the one thing I think you have to do in order to tell a compelling story about Thor: You have to make him feel human WHILE reminding us equally that he is assuredly not.
It's different from Superman, where you have Krypton exploding. With Thor, the character actually has family, a home.
And, most importantly, a father.
That's what Aaron has hammered away at in these 11 issues, and it's made Thor even more relatable to me than ever before. The relationship between Thor and Odin, from Thor's origin story until now, is extremely important.
Odin banished Thor to Earth. He wouldn't even let him lift Mjolnir, the weapon he had crafted for his own son, until he proved he was worthy.
Thor has never been more human than when Aaron wrote that Thor never satisfied Odin, over all the milennia. That is powerful stuff, because that is the core of the character: Thor is the son of a king, the prince of Asgard, a warrior and Avenger.
But he still wants the respect of his father. And seeing that he grew up to be very similar to his father was one of the most interesting things Aaron introduced in these 11 issues.
Which were, by the way, the most freaking epic issues I've read of anything over the past...five years? Ten, maybe?
*Sniff, sniff* "Damn it, Diana...If I'd known they would trade us in for a JT Krul-written Captain Atom and "The Savage Hawkman," I'd have let Superboy-Prime destroy all reality.""Superman flies and is really strong...what the fuck else do you need to know?!"
-- Hitler, expressing his displeasure about DC rebooting and complaints about continuity